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O Seligkeit!: Franz Schubert Partsongs

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listen  1. Das Dörfchen D 641 4:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Schicksalslenker, blicke nieder D 763 5:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Violin sonata A minor: allegro D 385 6:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Ständchen D 920 6:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Violin sonata A minor: andante D 385 6:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Sehnsucht D 656 4:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Nachthelle D 892 5:31$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Nachtstück D 672 5:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
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  • Performer: Egidius Kwartet, Johannette Zomer - soprano, Igor Ruhadze - violin, Arthur Schoonderwoerd - fortepiano, Michiel ten Houte de Lange - tenor
  • Orchestra: Egidius Kwartet
  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Franz Schubert
  • Audio CD (May 29, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Etcetera
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The period between 1815 and 1828 is known in Austria as the Biedermeierzeit. It was characterised by relative quiet on the political level and coincided almost totally with Franz Schubert's most productive years. We can imagine that Schubert's life, at least until 1822, was a reasonably exuberant and busy bachelor's existence despite his poverty and insecurity. Composing, playing music, parties, passionate love affairs and numerous trips away were all part of this. Schubert and his literary and artistic friends would make music at their gatherings; they sang songs made from their own texts and often these settings were by Schubert. These Schubertiads were part of the spirit of the time, for this was a period when the well-educated middle class was characterised by its cultivation of music and poetry. All this is reflected in the repertoire on this CD, wonderfully performed by Europe's finest vocalists and musicians.

The Egidius Kwartet (1995) aims to perform Renaissance and contemporary music from the Low Countries and to continue a tradition in which singers are ambassadors of new music from their country.

Johannette Zomer has an extensive repertoire, worked with many top conductors and gives recitals with fortepianist Arthur Schoonderwoerd. She has recorded several highly praised recital discs for Channel Classics.

Igor Roukhadze studied violin and baroque violin in Moscow and Amsterdam. He is a well sought after chambermusician and has made various CD recordings.

Arthur Schoonderwoerd is one of the most important (forte)pianists of his generation playing a wide range of chamber music and concertrepertoire. Arthur Schoonderwoerd's discography includes many award-winning recordings made on historical pianos.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on March 31, 2014
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Why didn't I review this wonderful performance years ago, when I first heard it? Irresponsible neglect on my part! I've listened to it more often than many CDs of music of greater fame and (let's be honest) greater profundity. This is NOT profound Romanticism. The part songs were composed by jolly young Franz Schubert to be shared with his other jolly and mostly young friends. The "Heldenbabble" view of Schubert as a tormented introvert does not comport with this selection of bright-eyed and warm-hearted chamber music.
And the Egidius Kwartet is the farthest thing from grave Romanticism! They have fun singing, as you'll hear on this CD and as you can both hear and see on YouTube. Nearly all of their CDs are of the "Early Music" variety, especially of 15th-17th Century vocal polyphony, a repertoire for which they are among the "top five" in artistry. They have the infectious elation of the best barbershop quartet ever to sing motets.
Meanwhile I hadn't paid enough heed to the delicious fortepiano accompaniment by Arthur Schoonderwoerd. I suppose I took it for granted that Peter de Groot, the leader of Egidius, would hire the craftiest keyboardist in town. Schoonderwoerd is more than a mere accompanist. With his Ensemble Cristofori, he's produced several vibrant and gorgeous recordings of "piano" concertos by Mozart and Beethoven, using period fortepianos and period-scaled chamber orchestras.
Soprano Johannette Zomer enlivens the performances with the elegance and clarity of her vocal technique. I need to hear more of her Schubert Lieder.
But you don't need a hard sell from yours truly. There are MP3 samples on this product page. Listen and love!
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